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In the 1990s, Paul Keating and John Howard altered Australia's predictable economic script of bust, boom, and bust. This insider's look at Australian politics suggests that, despite their competing visions for Australia, Keating and Howard are the twin architects of the political, economic, and social revolution that has brought Australia to an era of unprecedented affluence. Not only is this the story of how an era came to be defined by two men, but it is also the larger tale of how Australia became a more complex society, as well as an important analysis of the forces that shape Australia today.
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Est. Packaging Dimensions: Length: 9" Width: 6" Height: 1.1" Weight: 1 lbs.
Release Date Sep 1, 2007
Publisher Scribe Publications Pty Ltd.
ISBN 192076979X ISBN13 9781920769796
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More About George Megalogenis
George Megalogenis is an Australian journalist, political commentator and author. George was a senior feature writer for The Australian newspaper. He is also a regular on the ABC's political analysis program Insiders, where a panel discusses events in Australian politics. George spent eleven years in the Canberra Press Gallery, from 1988 to 1999, before returning to Melbourne. His writing draws on the personal experiences of someone who grew up in a migrant worker family.
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The Longest Decade: Comparing Paul Keating and John Howard Dec 31, 2006
The 'longest decade' currently spans over 15 years: the combined length of the prime ministerships of Paul Keating and John Howard. George Megalogenis is a journalist with The Australian and a former member of the Canberra press gallery.
Mr Megalogenis has written a book which, while it primarily deals with economic policy, also considers native title in the aftermath of Mabo and Wik, the political rise and fall of Pauline Hansen, East Timor and the Tampa. The book begins with Paul Keating's last year as Australian treasurer, through his prime ministership and John Howard's, and ends in December 2005 with the Cronulla riots.
The similarities between Howard and Keating on matters of economic reform will be surprising to those who focus only on the apparent differences. By looking back at the work done during the 1980s, some of the potential contributers to the strengths and weaknesses of the current Australian economy seem clearer.
The strength of this book is the historical material it contains. It is not a definitive history, but it does provide a useful (and well presented) overview of some key political events, together with highlights such as John Hewson's infamous answer about how the cost of a birthday cake would be affected by the (then) proposed goods and services tax.
The book is arranged chronologically rather than by topic. While this is fine for those of us who have a reasonably clear memory of the times, it may make for a disjointed read for those seeking to follow policy development.
Recommended for those who wanting some undertanding of this period in Australian political history. Megalogenis's writing style livens up what might appear to be dry and dusty topics.